Friday, May 06, 2011

Sudden onset panic

I got home from work on Tuesday and found Josh at the dining table smiling and looking at me with his eyes crossed. I thought he was doing it to be silly and didn't see it happen again that night . At school the next afternoon, one of his teachers saw that his right eye was wandering inward a bit. We called for an appointment and were given a date...three weeks from now. Last night, the cross-eye was more pronounced and lasted longer. And then this morning his right eye was completely turned in. Completely.

Google has been spectacularly helpful in engendering blind panic: damage to the sixth cranial nerve! Brain tumor! Intracranial swelling! Or, you know, the more common and less spectacular options that are barely registering in my overheated head: asymmetrical far-sightedness (which, oddly, can apparently manifest suddenly--who knew?) and a transient complication of certain ear, nose and throat viruses.

We've managed to find another pediatric ophthalmologist who can see Josh next Thursday, but, still, not till Thursday. It feels so very wrong to not do something. Except panic.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Having been privy to some of the more seriously wrong things a body can do, I would be right there with you on the, most likely unnecessary, panic. Hope things resolve into a simple explanation as soon a possible.
--Sue

1:56 PM  
Anonymous Carla Hinkle said...

Take a deep breath...my daughter's lazy eye induced by far-sightedness (amblyopia and strabismus, to use the scary medical terms) came on quite suddenly at about aged 2.5. Some adorable glasses & eye patches later, it is being managed and is a totally common, totally fixable thing. So if you DO end up there, no panic needed. (Though totally understood. I cried when the Dr told me. Oh, and I was 7 mos pregnant with our 3rd, too.) Email me if you ever want to "talk."

carlahinklegirl at yahoo dot com

4:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you near a children's hospital? You could take him to the ER. If the opthomologist has any concerns, that's where they'll send him. Not to scare you, I just work in a children's hospital, and I know that's the routine.

8:28 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

Ditto to what Carla said. Our daughters came on at a younger age but pretty rapidly. Went through the same panic. Hope everything is okay

6:41 PM  

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